Europeans pool resources in new partnership schemeDecember 2010
A CSR partnership-broking forum has been launched in Europe to bring together companies, government and civil society.
CSR Europe’s Enterprise 2020 project, announced in Brussels last month, will connect 70 global companies, 27 European business associations, the European Commission and various governments throughout Europe. At the launch Celia Moore, chair of CSR Europe, said the project will concentrate on making progress in four areas: supply chain management, inclusion, health and wellbeing, and transparency.
The supply chain management area includes a commitment to ‘transforming markets’, aiming to bring together innovative schemes by firms seeking to develop sustainable markets at home and abroad. One current initiative in the area includes a collaboration between Imperial College, Microsoft, SAP, WWF and others to develop demand for existing supplies of sustainable information technology.
Another of the main aims of Enterprise 2020 will be to ‘strengthen Europe’s global leadership on CSR’ and to forge ‘a new partnership’ between CSR Europe’s corporate members and the European Commission, Council and Parliament.
Harry van Dorenmalen, chairman of IBM Europe, said the hope was that fostering collaboration between business, government and other partners ‘will create real progress on creating a sustainable future.’
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